Protecting Children (hereafter “Advocates”) is a non-profit (501c3) organization dedicated to fighting the gender industry, and especially its predation on children in the form of unethical social and medical transition for the sake of political and financial profit.
We do outreach and education for policy makers, churches, schools, organizations, families, and individuals who seek facts and guidance on responding to gender ideology and activism.
There is no such thing as “true trans,” and specifically there is no such thing as a transgender child. People who struggle with their sense of personal sex identification suffer from gender dysphoria, formerly called gender identity disorder in the DSM-V, prior to political activists’ pressure on the medical establishment to de-pathologize and normalize what is inherently a psychological condition.
Sex is binary; it is neither tertiary nor on a continuum. Human beings are categorized as females or males based upon their chromosomes, reproductive function, sex gametes, and secondary sexual characteristics such as genitalia. No third type of sexed person is necessary for reproduction, nor does it exist.
Intersex people, or those who have a disorder of sexual development, comprise a very tiny percentage of the population and are neither representative nor proof of sex or gender diversity, nor a continuum of sex or gender. Disorders of sexual development are, as stated in their name, disorders, akin to other conditions wherein something went awry in development, such as cystic fibrosis, physical birth defects, Down syndrome, etc.
Terms such as “transphobe,” “TERF,” and “truscum” are abusive words, and are slurs used to silence and malign anyone who dissents from gender ideology’s tenets. We do not use these terms, or others like them, nor do we endorse those who do.
The term gender is meaningless, and until the unethical, abusive, and long discredited psychologist John Money first applied it to people in the 1960’s, gender belonged only to the field of linguistics. Whereas gender came to be used synonymously with sex on documentation like birth certificates and drivers’ licenses, gender has today become redefined as one’s inner sense of sex (maleness/femaleness). Advocates understands that what the gender industry refers to as gender is better identified as personality, which is individual and personal, and bears no relation to nor subservience to one’s physical sex.
Gender ideology is based entirely upon regressive sex-role stereotypes, such as “Boys play with trucks,” and “Girls like pink.” In the past, children were taught, for example, that if one is a boy, he must like and play sports, and if one is a girl, she must like to cook and play house. Today the gender industry has flipped this already unacceptable pigeon-holing, and created an even worse situation. Now children are told that if a girl likes and plays sports, she must actually be a boy inside, and if a boy likes to cook and play house, he is actually a girl who was born in a boy’s body. Advocates does not agree with these kinds of labels. Likewise, we do not give high value to the term gender-non-conforming because it assumes that certain attributes and preferences exist which are representative of females and others which are representative of males. We prefer to see all people given the freedom to express themselves and their talents/preferences irrespective of their sex category.
“Conversion Therapy" bans are misnamed for the purpose of deceiving legislators and the public. These bans prevent therapists and caregivers from doing anything except agreeing with a gender dysphoric person’s wrong belief that they were “born in the wrong body,” and pressing them into medicalization. There should not be only one treatment permitted for every single person who suffers from gender dysphoria. Each person is an individual and should be given the care and therapy that is most appropriate for him or her, including but not limited to talk and behavioral therapies.
Accurate sex categorization is paramount for appropriate medical treatment, to preserve the rights and protections of women and girls, and for the collection of meaningful demographic data. Self-identification of transgender status is unethical, dangerous, and must be stopped.
Science and research support a gender-critical stance on gender ideology.
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